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Midterm Politeness Essay

1294 words - 6 pages

Rashid Whittaker
Mr. Chaemsaithong
English 1302
2/21/10

Midterm Essay

In option 1 the two conversations portray different styles of indirect complaints that involves a third party. While looking similar, essentially the politeness strategies implemented in this are not all the same, seeing as how the level of familiarity between the two parties is different. The party discussing the hotel give the impression of two strangers having a conversation, while those discussing the airport security guard seem to be acquainted with each other. I will be investigating the politeness strategies used in these two conversations, their differences and their similarities.
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This can most obviously be seen when she adapts to Victor’s way of speaking. An example of this being when Luda said “You, a cool American, you got accustomed to clean life!” With this I can say with certainty that the Exchange between Luda and Victor was that of two strangers sharing a conversation based upon mutual opinions. Another noteworthy thing about Luda‘s American comment would be that he is complimenting Victor by calling him cool using the negative face approach. This conversation also uses indirect forms of speech are being used which can be seen when Victor keeps going on about other places with better hotel conditions. It seems that Victor is indirectly asking that Luda show him to a hotel with better living conditions around the London area that he is residing. The second exchange that takes place between Bill and Luda is most certainly between two people who are familiar and comfortable with each other. Their conversation starts off with Bill stating a talking about a situation he experienced in the airport and Luda interrupting and finishing with a joke that ties in with Bill’s story. The way that this interruption was carried out and its purpose seemed to give off an air of familiarity. After this Luda asked if Bill was kidding. Normally if you were approaching someone using the negative face you wouldn’t ask them if they were kidding; seeing as that would create friction between you and that person if you were unfamiliar with each other. It seems that at one point in the conversation the two begin to use obscene/curse words in the conversation. If you were talking to a complete stranger in negative face you wouldn’t want to say anything that would impose upon their manner of speaking or cause there to be some kind of conflict. Both and Luda Bill seem to open up to each other in this conversation, speaking as they want so freely around each other. The most obvious hint that they are on a pretty good level of familiarity would be when Bill stops himself from using the word serious and uses the phrase dead serious instead.
The number of differences vary between these two exchanges. The obvious being Luda’s switch from negative face in the first exchange to positive face in the second exchange. First off the way both exchanges started was different; in the first one Victor interrupted Luda’s story so that he could go on to state more things about himself. This in turn made Luda start using a negative face in which he began to agree with almost everything Victor said while giving out compliments on the side. Whereas in the second exchange Bill was interrupted by Luda so that he could make a joke which established a...

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